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  • Blog Post: Upcoming Microsoft Events: Do you want to stay informed?

    Whether or not you choose to believe me, here are a two things that I know to be true: Microsoft takes your privacy and preferences very seriously, and Microsoft wants you to stay “in-the-loop” about what’s coming. Often our marketing and operations people send out notices about up-coming events, such...
  • Blog Post: Join Early Experts: Enhance Your Skills And Career For Free!!

    In an increasingly multi-hypervisor world, more and more IT organizations are using Microsoft Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure to achieve superior performance and workload flexibility at the best possible price. With nearly two-thirds of businesses on more than one virtualization platform , adding Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: TechEd North America 2014 Content Catalog is Live!

    Are you going to TechEd? Do you want to make sure the room is big enough for the session you want to see? Then go to the Content Catalog and register for your sessions! Content Catalog By registering for your session you help us to make sure we put the sessions in properly sized rooms! Microsoft TechEd...
  • Blog Post: Bytes by TechNet, Kai Axford and I get Serious about Security

    Sometimes when you think about security, you will forget about all the layers involved in securing infrastructure   Often you may forget. the physical layer, and more importantly what threats and social engineer tactics are you trying to defend against.  I had a great chance to sit down...
  • Blog Post: Bytes by TechNet, Brandon Covert and I talk IT and the Cleveland Browns

    As most of you know my favorite team is the Cleveland Browns.  As you most of you I also love technology.  Well in this Bytes by  TechNet I get the best of both worlds.  I got a chance to interview a friend of mine, Brandon Covert, Director of IT for the Cleveland Browns.  Brandon...
  • Blog Post: How to Convince Your Boss to Send you to Tech·Ed 2011 in Atlanta

    In a tough economic climate, it can be difficult for managers and HR teams to understand the business value of sending staff to the Tech·Ed conference because of the upfront costs.  Here are some talking points to help you make the case for Tech·Ed to your management.  There is also a custom...
  • Blog Post: Evaluation Downloads for Virtualization, Management and Training Resources

    One of the fun things I get to do everyday is point people to products and resources.  With IT there seems to be an ever changing world and transformation on the tools and resources we use almost happens daily. have a had a few folks ask where can I get the tools and resources to test some the new...
  • Blog Post: Join Me at TechEd North America and Come to my Session: June 3-6 New Orleans!

    TechEd 2013 North America will take place June 3-6 in New Orleans. TechEd is Microsoft’s premiere conference for IT Professionals and Enterprise Developers, offering the most comprehensive technical education across Microsoft's products, solutions, tools, and services. I have had the privilege...
  • Blog Post: Casting Call: Microsoft Career Factor Share Your Story!

    I know you have all watched a reality show at one time or another and thought to yourself, I can do that!  Well here is your chance more importantly it is about Technology!  Right now we are looking for folks like you to share your IT journey with the world.  Right now casting is going...
  • Blog Post: Heartland IT Pro User Groups

    One of the great aspects of my job is I get to work with a lot of different user groups and meet lots of people from the IT Pro community.  Well I did my best to get a list of all the IT professional  user groups I work with in the Heartland territory (Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee...
  • Blog Post: Bringing the Heat with Windows Server @ TechEd North America 2010

    Ah June has arrived and with it: Microsoft TechEd North America 2010 ! as you get ready to migrate to New Orleans to see some great sessions at TechEd, let me recommend, IMHO will be one the best sessions at TechEd for all you Windows Server administrators: WSV201: 10 Hot Topics Every IT Admin Needs...
  • Blog Post: VOTE NOW: Peoples Choice Awards for Imagine Cup

    Make a difference and vote for your favorite today:  VOTE NOW  
  • Blog Post: Bytes by TechNet, Getting my DPM fix with Jason Buffington

    This was a fun interview I had with my good friend with Jason.  What is funny, is that we used to live about 15 minutes apart from each other, but would onle see each other at TechEd.  This year in New Orleans was no different.  Jason Buffington is a , Sr Product Manager in System Center...